Since Michael Mukasey demurred on whether waterboarding is illegal, his confirmation has shifted from a sure thing to a close call. If confirmed by a slim margin, some observers say, Mukasey's ability to lead the DOJ may be severely constrained. "If Mukasey barely gets by, then maybe he's neutered," one former Senate staffer says. "He'll have to make determinations on whether to turn over documents to Congress and lawmakers may be less patient with him now that he is no longer a consensus candidate."
Mukasey May Wind Up as an AG on a Short Leash
November 5, 2007